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“A Wrinkle in Time” – The Graphic Novel

Interesting news – according to science-fiction and fantasy site Tor.com, a graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is going to be available soon. In fact, it’s slated for publication on October 2nd, just shy of three weeks from the writing of this post. How did I not hear of it before?

A Wrinkle in Time was one of my very favorite books as a child, and while some argue that adults who love the book are seeing through nostalgia-colored glasses, I think the book actually holds up quite well. The writing may not be entirely sophisticated, but even as a kid, I loved that it balanced simplicity with intelligence – I never like it had been dumbed down. And the heart of the book lies in relationships between characters, and human warmth and love – Meg for Charles Wallace, her mother, Calvin, Aunt Beast, and her father. It successfully explores complicated feelings (being very angry at, and feeling betrayed by, someone we love), all within the framework of a really excellent science fiction story full of adventure and evil school principals. I absolutely adored it, read it countless times (and its follow-up books A Wind in the Door, Many Waters, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet many times, too, though they were not quite as excellent, to me – I never made it as far as An Acceptable Time). I think the story would lend itself very well to accompanying art.

The woman behind the project is American illustrator Hope Larson, who has plenty of experience in the publication of graphic novels, most notably Chiggers. I’m hopeful this will be great. Due out from Farrar, Straus & Giroux next month – keep an eye out.

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